Dr. Tom Nieman was the guest speaker at our midweek Bible study. Dr. Nieman has a great wealth of knowledge about the Bible and all things Israel. I was anticipating him preaching on Israel or something to do with prophecy. He went in a completely different direction. He shared his personal testimony about how God protected him during open heart surgery.
After class, many went up to Dr. Nieman and thanked him for his message. Some came to me and commented on how they needed to hear that message.
Dr. Nieman was prepared to deliver a different message, but he was sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit and shared a personal story that encouraged many people.
Sometimes we try to put God in a box. We expect Him to do things the way we think they should be done. However, Isaiah 55:8-9 states, “8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
God knew the needs of the people. He had his servant preach a message that addressed those needs. God met with us in an unusual and special way.
Please pray for Dr. Nieman as he preaches at Immanuel Baptist Church this coming Sunday through Wednesday.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001